November 5, 2012
This week my discussion leading word did not exactly get explained like I wish it would, so I decided to dedicate this weekly discussion blog post to my word, intentional fallacy. The Bedford Glossary defines intentional fallacy to refer to the practice of basing interpretations of the expressed or implied intentions of authors, a practice they judged to be erroneous. Wimsatt and Beardsley argued that, "the design or intention of the author is neither available nor desirable as a standard for judging the success of a work of literary art." In literary criticism, addresses the assumption that the meaning intended by the author of a literary work. Basing an assessment of a work on the author's intention rather than on one's response to the actual work.